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Ever Drawn Blood Whilst Packing A Bowl?

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  • Started 2 years ago by mawnansmiff
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  1. mawnansmiff

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    Just now I was packing my first ever bowl of Blackwoods Flake and part way through I used my thumb to squish the rubbed out flakes to the bottom of the bowl and all of a sudden my thumb jumped out of the bowl (along with a pile of baccy) and there was a twig sticking out from under my thumbnail...I could actually see it had gone into the flesh!

    I plucked it out and now it's bleeding

    Of the countless bowls I've packed in my pipesmoking 'career' that has never happened afore. I do hope the smoke will be worth the pain.

    Regards,

    Jay.

    ...take up thy stethoscope and walk...
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    I had an order for Kramer's tobacco from SP.com come in and have noticed a few twigs here and there. Have not stuck myself but could see how it could.

    Jason
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    I have heard of tongue bite, but finger bite is a new dimension entirely!

    "Pipe-smokers spend so much time cleaning, filling and fooling with their pipes, they don't have time to get into mischief." - Bill Vaughan
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    The important thing here is... was it? Worth the pain?

    Nate @ Moody AL
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    Back in the late 70's I smoke a lot of stuff that had stems and twigs in it. I never cut myself though.

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    My first ever bowl of Black Frigate, I cut my thumb on the inside rim of the tin... it was worth it.

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    First a serious injury over egg salad and now this. There goes my tobacco insurance premiums rising again . . . .

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    Back in the late 70's I smoke a lot of stuff that had stems and twigs in it. I never cut myself though.

    I see what you did there...

    First a serious injury over egg salad and now this. There goes my tobacco insurance premiums rising again . . . .

    I know, right? That is too bad about his finger and my tooth. Next we will have someone get a papercut from toilet paper!

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    I once died while drinking a glass of water. ...but I got better.

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    Smoking a Peterson's Vampire Pipe?

    Maybe you need Tetanus & Rabies vaccinations.

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    Those stoved virginia organisms are now part of his blood supply and are coursing through his veins! We'll know something is afoot if in about 24 hours if Jay starts turning black and smelling spicey.

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    I thought I was the only one. I didn't draw blood, but I did have a sore spot where I'd gotten a sliver of tobacco stem lodged in my finger momentarily. Now I'm much more respectful in examining the cut to see if there are stems in the mix. I don't get over-zealous tamping with my thumb or fingers. I didn't dress the spot, and it healed up with no problem, but it's likely smarter to go ahead and smear a little antibiotic ointment and a bandaid. I guess it just hurts my male pride.

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    Never knew a phlebotomist that would let me bring my pipe into the lab...

    And:

    virginia organisms

    I completely read this differently on first scan...

    Dave "Black Frigate Stowaway"
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    You wanna talk splinters? Try cube-cutting one of those damn square chunks that come in a Frog Morton tin.

    Then we'll talk splinters.

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    I drew blood for a living while I was in college. But the pipes were a lot smaller and they frowned on that sort of thing in the hospital, anyways.

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    I've heard of whiskey infused tobacco, but never blood infused.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    "The important thing here is... was it? Worth the pain?"

    Indeed it was Nate, it's a very fine blend. Though it's early days, I would put Blackwoods Flake above Dark Star...but only had one bowl of each thus far

    Regards,

    Jay.

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    Thanks Jay!! I posted a thread awhile back asking for recommendations for the absolute sweetest blend. I haven't tried it yet, but remember Dark Star being mentioned a few times, but not Blackwood. How'd you rate both on a sweetness scale?

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    Not yet drawn blood, but a few pricks here and there! I try to remove the bigger stems as I go.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    What a bunch of pricks.

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    Two pricks do not a "Bunch" make! At least according to my GF. She likes when I find the bigger stems and take them out.

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    Another reason to prefer a tamper.

    Javan
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    Why was my immediate thought involved the virgin organisms and how they should be group with a tamper?

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    Ah, another warning label ! The Pregnancy one scares me the most though !

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    Nate, too early to tell really...I'll give a better answer after a few more bowls.

    "Another reason to prefer a tamper."

    Javan, I only use a tamper once the bowl is lit. I prefer to use my digits when packing as I get to 'feel' how tight I am loading.

    The important thing is that the discomfort was worth it in the end. Blackwoods Flake is a yummy blend

    Regards,

    Jay.

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    Javan, I only use a tamper once the bowl is lit. I prefer to use my digits when packing as I get to 'feel' how tight I am loading.

    The important thing is that the discomfort was worth it in the end. Blackwoods Flake is a yummy blend

    Yep, some prefer built-in tampers and I can totally understand them. I mostly pack with a tamper but at the end I check the tightness with my finger. Enjoy Blackwoods.

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    The finger is the ultimate built in tamper.

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    Did the blood reduce the alkalinity and increase nicotine absorption?

    "Blood Tobacco" has a great ring to it.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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    Now when I spot those spiny stems in a blend, and I want to crunch them down a little tighter in the pipe bowl I'm packing, I reach for a pipe nail and give them a firm tamping. I can feel them bend and break, and usually they burn smoothly after that. P.S. I don't think the whiskey barrel chips in Frog Morton Cellar are meant for smoking ... but now that you mention it ....

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  30. winton

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    I just gave blood. The nurse said wait an hour or so before smoking. I said I would wait until Wed morning at the pipe show.

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    Well folks, having since had my second and third bowl of Blackwoods Flake and though the tip of the thumb is still tender it was well worth it.

    BF is certainly up there with the better Virginia Flakes though still not a patch on my beloved FVF.

    More trials to follow with my other new McClelland Va blends...hopefully with no blood loss involved.

    Regards,

    Jay.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    For several years out of college I worked in a hospital lab as a medical technologist. One of the many tasks I had to perform was phlebotomy. During this time, my pipe smoking was mostly done on the weekend/days off. Consequently, I never drew blood while packing a bowl, and as phlebotomy requires the use of both hands, I never packed a bowl while drawing blood.

    Seriously, though ... just the idea of a tobacco stem sliver makes my thumb itch. Glad you're recovering.

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    Did the blood reduce the alkalinity and increase nicotine absorption?

    Good one

    Posted 2 years ago #

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